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The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality

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Michael Prichard

22 Hours 45 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

November 2003

Audio Book Summary

From Brian Greene, one of the world’s leading physicists, comes a grand tour of the universe that makes us look at reality in a completely different way.

Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

Greene uses these questions to guide us toward modern science’s new and deeper understanding of the universe. From Newton’s unchanging realm in which space and time are absolute, to Einstein’s fluid conception of spacetime, to quantum mechanics’ entangled arena where vastly distant objects can bridge their spatial separation to instantaneously coordinate their behavior or even undergo teleportation, Greene reveals our world to be very different from what common experience leads us to believe. Focusing on the enigma of time, Greene establishes that nothing in the laws of physics insists that it run in any particular direction and that “time’s arrow” is a relic of the universe’s condition at the moment of the big bang. And in explaining the big bang itself, Greene shows how recent cutting-edge developments in superstring and M-theory may reconcile the behavior of everything from the smallest particle to the largest black hole. This startling vision culminates in a vibrant eleven-dimensional “multiverse,” pulsating with ever-changing textures, where space and time themselves may dissolve into subtler, more fundamental entities.

Sparked by the trademark wit, humor, and brilliant use of analogy that have made The Elegant Universe a modern classic, Brian Greene takes us all, regardless of our scientific backgrounds, on an irresistible and revelatory journey to the new layers of reality that modern physics has discovered lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world.

With 146 illustrations

Jacket photograph by DB Image/Brand X Pictures

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  • Adam

    Fantastic. As good a book about physics as one could read. Many writers take this topic and kill it for everyone to enjoy. Not in this case.

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  • Anonymous

    Well written and an easy listen if you are intrigued by or interested in modern physics. A nice touch of humor adds to the experience. I wish there were more titles available by this author.

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  • Rick O

    Awesome. Brian Greene does a great job of explaining the building blocks of quantum physics and string theory, such that even a guy who hasn't taken a hard science course in a decade can still follow along. I'd recommend this for just about anyone, even non-hard-science-types.

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  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this book. It opened some new ways of looking at the physical universe. However, I was lost when Brian Green moved past Newtonian mechanics and into quantum mechanics and superstring theory, which is said to join quantum mechanics and Einsteins theory of relativity !!

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  • Mary McGuire

    This is one to listen to again and again. The pace is slow enough for a beginner like me but it covers a lot of ground . . . I mean . . . space, so I often had to repeat sections to gain a better understanding. The examples are easy to grasp even if the exact nature of the question is a bit more complex. You'll find yourself viewing the world and your place in it a tad bit differently than before you immersed yourself in this book.

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